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Turkey’s New Migration Policy: Control Through Bureaucratization

[An afternoon in the Kumkapı neighborhood of Istanbul, traditionally home to Armenians and now populated by many of Turkey’s more recent migrants—Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, and various nationalities from Africa. Kumkapı—along with bordering neighborhoods Laleli, Aksaray, and Yenikapı—all attract migrants because of the relatively cheap rent and the promise of day jobs in the informal economy. (Image by Kelsey P. Norman)]

Images of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing from IS across the Turkish border last week thrust the issue of migration to Turkey into the international spotlight. But the influx of refugees to Turkey is only one aspect of the country’s complex migration situation. While characterizations of Turkey as “between East and West” are overstated, this description in terms of Turkey’s migration dynamics is actually quite apt. Turkey is inching closer to becoming part of Europe through its adherence to European Union accession obligations that require Turkey to harmonize its migration and asylum policy with EU standards. Yet at the same time, Turkey’s migrant situation more ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 May)

[Screenshot of United States President Barack Obama delivering his speech on Afghanistan at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Image by Executive Office of the President of the United States, via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] US Foreign Policy Guantánamo ...

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

[Logo of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Image from lse.ac.uk]

On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group convened by Ayça Çubukçu at LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Below is the audio recording of that event. The lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional political movement in India’s anti-colonial history. The first is that of Islamic jihad which took inspiration from Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi’s campaigns in Sind, Afghanistan and ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 February)

[Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Arab League-UN Special Representative for Syria, April 29, 2013. Image by US Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine and Israel  Hell Freezes Over (NYT Publishes Glowing Profiles of Anti-Zionists), Philip Weiss Mondoweiss approvingly assesses a recent New York Times profile of a number of Jewish-observant anti-Zionists. Israeli Airstrike in Gaza Targets Militant, Kate Linthicum The Los Angeles ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 December)

[Syrian refugee camp on theTurkish border for displaced people. Image by Voice of America News via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel and Palestine Israel: Negev Bedouins' "Day of Rage" Over Resettlement Plan, BBC News Thousands of Palestinians have been protesting in the Negev, Haifa, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza over an Israeli plan to force Bedouin Arabs out of the Negev. Palestinian Activism Grows at US Universities, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 November)

[U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits sits with his fellow P5+1 foreign ministers -- as well as European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, far right -- at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, after the group concluded negotiations about Iran's nuclear capabilities on November 24, 2013. Image from US State Department via Flickr/Public Domain]

  [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]    News Iran and the P5+1 Iran, World Powers Reach Historic Nuclear Deal, Anne Gearan, Joby Warrick Iran and the P5+1 powers have agreed on a deal wherein Iran receives relief on a number of economic sanctions in exchange for freezing parts of the nuclear program. Secret US-Iran Talks Paved Way for ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2013)

[Refugees from Syria in the Zaatari camp wait for buses at the edge of the camp to take them to other destinations in Jordan. Image from UK Department of International Development / Flickr]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] The Pursuit of Heroes in Palestinian Cinema: ...

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Afghanistan's Parties in Transition

[ICG logo. Image from crisisgroup.org]

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 26 June 2013.] Afghanistan's Parties in Transition Overview Political parties are developing slowly in Afghanistan, discouraged by electoral laws and fragmented ethnic politics, but starting to shed their legacy as armed groups. Their newfound legitimacy will face its most serious challenge during the 2014 presidential election and 2015 parliamentary polls, as parties scramble to ensure their place in the new order that will follow the end of President Hamid Karzai’s constitutional mandate. Many obstacles remain, as the outgoing government threatens to revoke the licences of many, if not all, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 June)

[Village of Battir. Image by Idobi. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]   News "NSA Collecting Phone Record of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily," Glenn Greenwald Greenwald details a secret court order wherein the NSA obtained the communications records of all domestic call data. "Palestine Drops Bid to Register New UNESCO Heritage Site," Ammar Owaineh, ...

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Costs of War

[US Air Force destroys an insurgent prison in Northern Zambraniyah, Iraq, in March 2008. Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr]]

[The following project was created by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Shown here is a selection of the project's content. Click here to access the website in full.] Costs of War 330,000 Killed by Violence, $4 Trillion Spent and Obligated The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well.  Each additional month and year of war will add to that toll.  Moreover, the human costs of these conflicts will reverberate for years to come in each of those four countries.  There is no turning the page on the wars ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (30 January)

[Malian troops stand guard outside Kati Barracks in Bamako, the headquarters of coup leader Amadou Sanogo. Image by Magharebia. From Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week] News "UN Expert Investigates US Drone Attacks, Targeted Killings that Involve Civilian Casualties," Associated Press The AP reports on the special investigation by Ben Emmerson, the UN rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, into the legality of drone warfare and targeted killings as used by the ...

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Good Taliban, Bad Taliban: Pakistan’s Double Game and the US War on Terror

[Maulvi Nazir, a militant leader close to the Pakistani military, was killed in a US drone strike. Image from AP.]

The start of 2013 brought a fresh upsurge of US drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, killing between twenty-three and forty-four people. Since 2008, when President George W. Bush ordered increased strikes on “militants” and associated “infrastructure targets” in these areas, killings have been a constant occurrence. President Barack Obama not only continued this policy, but escalated it dramatically. Of the 360 total strikes documented by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 308 have occurred since Obama took office. It is no surprise, then, that individual drone strikes no longer cause much of a stir in the international press, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel Palestine For Palestinians, This Week's Deaths Highlight the Asymmetry of Power, Ahmad Samih Khalidi The latest conflicts between ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (30 April)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel-Palestine Gaza Rockets Hit South Israel, Army Strikes Back: Officials, Reuters Israel and Palestine exchanged air strikes and rocket ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 March)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 January)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Armed Conflict and the "War on Terror" I Worked on the US Drone Program. The Public Should Know What Really Goes On, Heather ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (November 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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The Discourse of Terror: An Interview with Judith Butler

[The following text is an extract from Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes’ recent book Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism (Pluto, 2012), also featuring Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Edward S. Herman, Norman Finkelstein, and others.  Click here for more details.] To what extent, in your view, do the ways in which mainstream media select and contextualise events determine the boundaries of public thinking?  You have said on one hand, regarding the “framing” of war and ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 August)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] News "Navy Ready to Launch First Strike on Syria," Tim Ross, Ben Farmer Ross and Farmer report for the Telegraph on UK Royal Navy ...

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The Agony and the Irony of Guantanamo’s Mass Hunger Strike

The executive order pledging to close Guantánamo within a year, signed by freshly inaugurated President Barack Obama on his second day in office, is a dead letter. Over the past two months, however, the president has recommitted to his 2009 pledge, including appointing a special envoy to head the effort to break through the stalemate that is largely the product of domestic politics. Clearly, one trigger for this renewed attention to Guantánamo is the mass hunger strike among prisoners that ...

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The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

[The following report was issued by the The Constitution Project on 16 April 2013.]  The Report of the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment  Statement of the Task Force This report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment is the result of almost two years of intensive study, investigation and deliberation. The project was undertaken with the belief that it was important to provide an accurate and authoritative account of how the United ...

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Event: Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan (12 March 2013, Rutgers University)

Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan 12 March 2013, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University presents "Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan," a talk by Dr. Laleh Khalili, Reader in Politics of the Middle East SOAS, University of London. This talk examines the use of proxies by the United States in ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nicola Pratt, The Gender Logics of Resistance to the "War on Terror"

Nicola Pratt, "The Gender Logics of Resistance to the 'War on Terror': Constructing Sex-Gender Difference Through the Erasure of Patriarchy in the Middle East." Third World Quarterly 33:10 (2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Nicola Pratt (NP): This article is based on fieldwork conducted in 2007 and 2008 at the “Cairo Conferences,” which were a series of conferences in opposition to imperialism, Zionism, neoliberalism, and dictatorship. Initially, I attended the 2007 ...

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Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 8 October 2012.]  Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition  Executive Summary Plagued by factionalism and corruption, Afghanistan is far from ready to assume responsibility for security when U.S. and NATO forces withdraw in 2014. That makes the political challenge of organising a credible presidential election and transfer of power from President Karzai to a successor that year all the more daunting. A repeat of ...

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